Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday attended the ‘bhog’ of the ‘akhand paath’ held at Gurdwara Jamni Sahib in Bajidpur village here and prayed for peace, communal harmony and amity in the state. Addressing a gathering, he said: “The sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib has caused immense pain not only to Sikhs, but also to the humanity as a whole.”
“I’m deeply saddened and anguished by these ignominious happenings. The acts of sacrilege have been committed to weaken the state, Shiromani Akali Dal, Akal Takht Sahib and the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). But we won’t allow the nefarious designs of anti-social forces to succeed,” said Sukhbir, who also holds the home portfolio.
He emphasised that the sole motive of the state government was to put the culprits responsible for these reprehensible incidents behind the bars and bring out the truth before the public.
He said the police was investigating the incidents minutely so as to get to the root of the problem. Sukhbir also asked the protesters to lift blockades and not cause inconvenience to commoners.
About the recent attacks on SGPC members and Akali MLAs, Sukhbir said these were a part of deep-rooted political conspiracy. “Akhand paaths would be performed in every Vidhan Sabha constituency to strengthen coomunal harmony and amity,” he said.
Replying to a query, Sukhbir said: “The recent happenings would have no impact on the upcoming investor summit to be held at Mohali this month. More than 100 industrial giants are ready to invest in the state,” claimed Sukhbir. State BJP chief Kamal Sharma said anti-social forces were behind the incidents of desecration.